NHK's "63rd Kohaku Uta Gassen" will not have any K-Pop artist participants this year
Japanese media portal Nikkan Sports has revealed on November 26th that Japan's most prestigious end-of-the-year music show, NHK's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (Red and White Song Battle), will not feature any K-Pop artists this year. This was revealed just ahead of the song festival's formal announcement of this year's performers.
Last year, K-Pop artists TVXQ, Girls' Generation and KARA were all invited and participated in the Kohaku Uta Gassen.
According to the Nikkan Sports article, despite several Korean artists being active in Japan this year, the reason that no K-Pop artists have been invited to this year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" festivities may be due to the Dokdo Island issue.
Since August, tension between Korea and Japan have risen after both countries sought claim on the Dokdo/Takeshima Island that is found between the two countries. Many in Japan have voiced out their "Hallyu Boycott" and Korean acts taking the stage have noticeably been reduced.
In addition to the "Kohaku Uta Gassen" event, Korean artists are also expected to not be invited to perform at other end-of-the-year festivals, "FNS Music Festival" and the "Best Hit Song Music Festival."
The "FNS Music Festival" revealed more than 60 of its invited artists at the beginning of the month, in which no Korean artists were listed.